In My House

Happy Thanksgiving: Thank You

I truly have a lot to be thankful for in life, but what’s Thanksgiving without a little sarcasm?


Thank you, six-month-old daughter, for still taking the fall as my excuse for being thick around the middle when we all really know it’s my steady diet of cheese.

On that same note, thank you tights I bought before I had children for cutting off my circulation and making it impossible for me to squeeze in a second helping of pumpkin pie.

Thank you, three-year-old daughter, for waking me up at 5:45 a.m. on a Saturday to tell me you slept so well.

Thank you, other person’s child, for aggressively picking your nose at church Christmas program rehearsal, making my own child’s occasional nose-picking seem so much less horrifying.

Thank you, Banana Republic, for finding 9,736 different phrases with which to market dress pants to me. And for sending each in a separate email all within the 30 days.

Thank you, husband, for “helping” put the girls’ laundry away and, in doing so, knocking over a beer that spilled behind their dresser, prompting me to move the dresser to clean where I found a missing sock that had been haunting my dreams.

Thank you, anyone who pages over-head “housekeeping” in the hospital in which I work for making me snicker and make a Tommy Boy reference every time, even if only in my head.

Thank you, box of stuff waiting to be dropped off at Goodwill. You will continue to live out your purpose in life by hogging valuable space in my trunk for months to come.

Thank you, Jimmy Fallon’s Thank-You Notes segment, for being the only possible thing to get this old gal to stay awake past 10 p.m. on a Friday night.

Now, for real, you guys: I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am most thankful for my loving husband, two healthy girls, our extended families, and the great friendships I am so blessed to have. Cheers!

In My House

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

I know a lot of people are getting excited to start decorating for Christmas, but first comes my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving! This year my husband and I will load up the girls and make the long journey (eight hours) to my mother-in-law’s. Even though I’m not hosting the feast, here are a few items I would love to incorporate into the Thanksgiving celebration.


1. This sturdy-yet-beautiful trivet would dress up the Thanksgiving table and come in handy throughout the year. (Crate & Barrel) 2. Sweater dresses are a great go-to for looking put together while also being forgiving when the second helping of pumpkin pie can’t be resisted. (Loft) 3. These napkins are simple, elegant, and offer a lovely reminder. (Pier 1) 4. This huge Fiesta platter in Tangerine would look great on any table. (Kohl’s) 5. These adorable turkey salt and pepper shakers would make a lovely hostess gift and are on sale for $14. (Pottery Barn) 6. This throw pillow would dress up the living room couch and come in handy for the inevitable post-turkey nap. (Target)



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This year we will take the long drive to my mother-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving. I enjoy seeing my daughter interact with her cousins and this year she is old enough to at least be somewhat engaged in the holidays.

I am thankful for so much this year, but if I had to narrow it down to three things I really can’t live without, they would be…

This guy…


This guy…


And this gal…


What are you thankful for this year?